Pride vs. Humility
The Bible teaches us that humility is a virtue worth seeking and that pride is a sin. Culture throughout history seems to disagree with this perspective. Or do they, is it just so elusive that we grow weary of seeking it and simply give up? Does the lack of humility have any profound effects on our lives? Or can we simply cease striving for a goal that offers no benefit to our success and happiness?
Pride is not a new attitude. We see pride is the source of the fall of Lucifer from glory in Isaiah 14:12-17 and will ultimately lead to his demise as we read in Revelation 20:10. (HSCB) King Nebuchadnezzar was so prideful in his accomplishments in building his kingdom ...view middle of the document...
A high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.
2. The state or feeling of being proud.
3. A becoming or dignified sense of what is due to oneself or one's position or character; self-respect; self-esteem. (Definition of Pride)
The definition of pride points to self. We are reliant upon our own merits and strength, which means we are not submitted to God as an authority and Master of our lives.
Pride also creates division between teams whether that is in a work, school, or serving environment. According to Adrian Rogers the following are characteristics of pride in an individual:
• A proud person becomes irritated when corrected for mistakes.
• A proud person accepts praise for things over which he or she has no control.
• Pride will not admit mistakes.
• Pride refuses to take counsel and to learn from other people.
• Pride often shows itself in competition with other people. Pride does not want more; pride wants more than somebody else. (Rogers)
When we are going through our day with pride as our guide we are focused on ourselves. It leads to us to become “competitive, attention-seeking, narcissistic, obsessed with their appearance and entitled.” (Dean) When those traits are our focus we are not concerned with others on our team. That causes tension because we will only be aware of our needs and promoting our successes. Because of the sense of entitlement is present we tend to feel unjustly treated when we don’t get what we think we deserve. All of these factors do not create a culture of unity and teamwork.
Pride will also cause division in our relationships. With all the characteristics listed above present in our lives we are not going to be able to resolve conflicts when they arise. Pride in a relationship “is like two repelling magnets in a relationship. If both people hold onto their pride, no matter how hard they try, the magnets cannot be pushed close enough together to make a solid connection.” (Henry) When we can’t resolve conflict relationships will naturally fall apart. In order for a relationship to be healthy you need to feel that you are supported and that the other person in the relationship desires for your highest good. If pride is in the picture you will be keeping score on what has your partner done for you or to you lately and not striving to support each other to achieve success.
Pride and arrogance are prevalent and almost celebrated as virtues in today’s culture. We do need to question if pride is always a bad quality. Take for example if we are proud of attaining goals that allow us to raise our standards that can be a good quality. Once we begin to boast of those achievements or consider ourselves greater then other we are no longer building a good character trait. Is humility always a good trait? Not if it is causing us to have a low self-esteem, feel that we cannot achieve...